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On those Suicide Rates Among Army Recruiters and Mounting Pressure to Get People in the Service

15 November 2008 at 3:09:25 PM

Remember how the army said they were looking into why the rates of suicides among military recruiters were so high?  Here's an article that discusses the mounting pressure,including lying to potential recruits to get them in.

Every soldier has a mission. Army recruiters have a mission to do the prospecting" for new members, Army spokesman Lt. Col. George Wright told ABCNews.com. "For some recruiters ... it's not the right fit and many of these sergeants are returned to the field Army."

But some say it's not that simple. "They kind of want you to slam people into the Army," Army Staff Sgt. Chris Rodriguez, a combat veteran with two tours of duty in Iraq who worked as an Army recruiter alongside Andersson, told ABCNews.com.

Rodriguez said recruiters were told to lure potential recruits with whatever promises they could -- offers of college educations, health benefits for their families, sign-on bonuses as high as $40,000. And to a teen, he said, those promises are irresistible.

"I think that's one of the problems Aron had," he said. "We don't want people who don't want to be there."

Recruiters, many of them combat veterans like Rodriguez and Andersson, 25, knew the picture they painted for incoming recruits was not the reality they would experience once the signature was in place, Rodriguez said.

REad the article to see more. John Cornyn started getting letters about it that alleged senior leaders in the battalion were interfering with official investigations.

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